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Saturday, April 23, 2011


Spring Fantasy

The first scent of spring air and the sight of the ground peeking through melting snow stir thoughts of a hidden world that exists in fantasies.

For me spring means it's time to think about gardening, flowers and outdoor activities. It also makes me imagine stories about fantasy creatures--fairies awakening after a winter sleep, elves strolling through forests still partially stripped of leaves, and merfolk finally able to glimpse above the surface of a lake without bumping their heads on ice.

Fantasy creatures captivate me and I enjoy incorporating that passion with my love of the outdoors. When springtime comes, I can't wait to start cleaning my yard, getting ready to plant a garden and hopefully add a touch of fantasy with some new garden decorations. I love my mushroom people and playful signs that mark different arrangements in my yard. I look forward to watching seeds sprout in the pots by my window and seeing the mix of flowers outside, especially the purple ones!

Bringing a bit of fantasy indoors helps me stay patient during the early spring days when an occasional frost reminds us that winter isn't quite ready to say goodbye for another year. Some little touches that help keep the spring feeling are placing fairy windows and doors--little stickers or figurines that offer a peek into a fantasy world--throughout the house and spraying my favorite floral scents that always remind me of spring. Recently I found a pot that made a wonderful addition to my springtime fantasy collection. It's made in the shape of a pale pink root with a cheerful face and big feet with the toes painted deep pink.

What do you love about spring and what keeps you in the springtime mood even when it's a little cold outside?

What do trips around the world, endless nights of breathtaking sex, and a muscular, 6-foot 3-inch, brown-haired, blue-eyed significant other have to do with Kate Hill? Absolutely nothing, but she can dream, can't she? In reality Kate is a single vegetarian New Englander who loves writing romantic fantasies.

Currently, she might not be traveling around the world, but Kate has visited Europe and Africa and those beautiful places have been wonderful inspiration for her writing. While working at various times as a clerk, assistant karate instructor, house painter and banker, Kate dreamed of being an author. In 1996 her first short story was accepted for publication and since then she has sold over ninety short stories, novellas and novels.

When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. Visit Kate online at Read an excerpt from her latest releases, Wild Woods and Inked: Rough Waters, at and .


Sarita said...

Enjoyed your post, thanks. So interesting, hearing that you are so well-traveled. Good for you!

Angelwolfstorm said...

My girls and I love creating little fairy houses and chairs and such in the spring!

Judy said...

A really great outlook on your fantasy world:) I live in the Deep South, and we did have a colder winter this year compared to most, but our pecan trees are budding out and the leaves are on the trees and flowers and vegetables are sprouting all over. I just love the Spring because it is so nice and breezy instead of down right humid and hot!!!


Terra Pennington said...

Oh man I was just about to yell pictures of the significant other. Boy when you dream you dream big. Love reading and re-reading your books.


Jean P said...

Loved reading your post and how you enjoy spring.

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Rebekah E. said...

Spring really can be a magical time of year.


Kate Hill said...

Sarita, I'm glad you liked the post. When I was younger I was lucky enough to visit a few countries outside of the US. It's been a while, but I'll always treasure the memories and maybe one day get a chance to travel again.

Angelworlfstorm, that sounds like fun! I wish I was more artistic. The fairy houses sound so cute!

Judy, I know what you mean. Spring weather is usually gorgeous (except today we had some snow again). It's nice to see everything grow in the springtime.

Terra, LOL!! I'm really glad you've enjoyed my books. Thank you!

Jean, thank you! I'm glad you liked the post.

Rebekah, it really is!

booklover0226 said...

I love being able to open all the windows and letting fresh air blow through the house....that's one of my loves for spring.

Tracey D
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Maria said...

I love being able to open the windows and watching the flowers bloom in spring. I also even like the dreaded "spring cleaning" that I'm inspired to do - helps me to declutter! Thanks for the post and I too dream of a muscular 6 foot 2 inch significant


Cathy M said...

I always have cut flowers and indoor plants around during the winter months to lighten my mood. At the first hint of spring, I love filling up all those empty outdorr pots with gorgeous flowers.

Happy spring and happy easter, Kate.

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chey said...

Great post!
I like when it finally gets warm enough to open windows!
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Kate Hill said...

Tracey, I agree. It's nice to be able to keep the windows open without freezing. :-)

Maria, I know what you mean. It takes me some time to get motivated for the spring cleaning, but once I'm into it, it feels great! LOL, there's nothing wrong with some healthy fantasies. :-)

Cathy, I love indoor plants too. Unfortunately I have to be careful because one of my cats like to chew on them so I have to watch what kind I have around.

Thank you, Chey! So do I. :-)

wolfwattitude said...

Even though it still might be cool (though not for long in S. CA) I look at all the trees and flowers blooming. I love the Spring.

Robin said...

I love the hope, the life, and the release from winter!

Ruth C. said...

Wow.!! What a hot bookcover.

Nuff said.!!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

yay spring for fantasy folk! The image of merfolk under ice is awesome and...sorry. got distracted by your book cover...

Mike Keyton said...

I love my mushroom people and playful signs that mark different arrangements in my yard. You may consider 'Meerkats' the thinking man's garden gnome

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Anonymous said...

The trees in hour yard are finally blooming! I think after a few false starts Spring may be here to stay for a while.

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